This year we collectively approach the holiday season with very little idea of what to expect. Regardless of where your holiday will be spent there is no question that the concept of ‘gathering’ will be greatly altered. But if there is one thing so many of us have learned to adjust to in this time, it is to keep focused on the few things we can actually control. For us, it’s food. And with that, we present a perfect trio of wines for this year’s feast, no matter what you decide to cook.
First course: Trail Marker Rose of Carignan is the ideal opener. Whether or not you are opening your home to a few friends, or perhaps you’re open to risking some travel this year. This year might even mean opening a new chapter. To open this wine is to love it.
Second Course: Lo-Fi Cabernet Franc has plenty of pop and will wow the palate by the time it’s time to sit down at the table. Six feet apart, of course. And maybe outside. Guaranteed to set aside differences at the table, this one will get 100% of the votes.
Third Course: Matthiasson Malbec will keep everyone at the table engaged. A wine for celebrating accomplishments under adversity, be they large or small. Breaking old expectations and constraints as well as providing a pairing panacea for the ages.
Let’s face it, even if this holiday means no guests at all for you, it’s the perfect year to prepare whatever you want and to do so with perfection. Opportunities abound when looking for a silver lining to the forced change of plans for Thanksgiving this year, and now you have the wine tools to navigate and curate a memorable holiday feast regardless of circumstances.
– Kevin Wardell, November 2020
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